Rokia_Foto Danny Willems

Rokia Traoré

Città di Castello, Church of San Domenico


Rokia Traoré voice and guitar
Mamah Diabate ngoni
Stefano Pilia guitar
Bintou Soumbounou backling vocal
Moise Ouattara drums
Zonatan Dembele  bass

Yves Schommer and Adrien Roy sound technicians


One of the aspects that this edition of the Festival explores in its programme is the relationship of  France with overseas lands, areas that were once colonized and with  which  today continues a cultural exchange fueled by mutual influences. Rokia Traoré is a figure that represents perfectly this synergy: native of Mali, daughter of a diplomat stationed in the United States, Europe and the Middle East, Rokia currently lives in Bamako, Brussels and Paris, but often makes return to her  homeland and her music has always been influenced by the tradition of African roots as well as from pop and from European and US rock matrix. Singing in his native language but also in English and in French, Rokia Traoré presents his sixth album in Città di Castello, Né So (At home, label Ponderosa Music & Art), which as for the previous Beautiful Africa, sees the contribution to the production of John Parish (PJ Harvey, Tracy Chapman, Cleo T). The art of cheering one up is the central theme of this new work: “Mali is the place where my roots  are- said the artist – where I took shelter in times of uncertainty and where I decided to take risk when I had to. Somehow, Né So reminds me of my first album, because I had to start over and  to rearrange my thinking to go ahead.”